Full Title Directing 2

Short Title Directing 2

Code PERF06063
Level 06
Credit 05

Author Trench, Rhona
Department Computing & Creative Practices

Subject Area Performing Arts
Attendence N/A%

This module is designed to further develop the interdisciplinary nature involved in the process of creating theatre. It enables learners to develop methodologies in the context of visual and material culture which define directorial approaches from a range of possibilities through shared experiences. It provides the learner with practical experience working with peers in small groups. Learners will explore 20 th century key theatre and visual art movements and examine dominant influences to inform and enhance their development.

Indicative Syllabus
Selection of text

Exploration of cultural and visual contexts to inform the stylistic and interpretative choices for the production of a chosen text.

Examine the production process with an emphasis on and in the context of the collaborative, intercultural and interdisciplinary nature of directing

Examination of the artistic and practical demands of evolving a work of theatre, including spatial dynamics and exploration, scenography, technical requirements, and approaches to rehearsal.

The director's preparation process

To evolve, under the supervision of tutors from each strand (team-teaching), a text-based project.

Research dominant forces in the evolution of theatre and visual movements in the 20 th century including key theatre practitioners work (for example, Andre Antoine, Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, Max Reinhardt, Alexander Tairov, Erwin Piscator, Jacques Copeau, Jean Vilar, Lee Strasberg, Jerzy Grotowski, Jurij Ljubimov, Giorgio Strehler, Peter Brook, Augusto Boal, Steven Berkoff)

Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to
  1. recognise the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of creating a work of theatre/performance

  2. process information on a range of visual, cultural and creative disciplines which can inform and develop the process of creating performance

  3. explore how original concepts can be realised in in the creation of a work of theatre

  4. articulate and reflect on the challenges, successes and failures of the process verbally and in writing

  5. demonstrate understanding of key 20th century practitioners who have strongly influenced the development of theatre and performance movements

  6. explore space, objects, cultural and visual material to create images that convey meaning

Assessment Strategies
Continuous assessment of the preparation and rehearsal process

Log books: students record and evaluate their personal journey in the directing process

Practical evaluation of the performance/workshop of the directed piece

Research Presentation: students demonstrate research, interpretation and reflection on the findings of their research experience

Assessment Facilitites
Black Box

Break away space for rehearsals

Studio space with sink

Power Point and projector

Module Dependencies
Pre Requisite Modules
Co Requisite Modules
Incompatible Modules

Coursework Assessment Breakdown %
Course Work / Continuous Assessment 100 %

Coursework Assessment Breakdown

Description Outcome Assessed % of Total Assessment Week
Continuous Assessment preparation and process 1,2,3,4,5,6 60 OnGoing
Presentation research 1,2,3,4,5,6 15 OnGoing
Practical Evaluation workshop presentation 1,2,4,6 15 OnGoing
Written Report reflective log 1,2,4 10 OnGoing

End Exam Assessment Breakdown

Description Outcome Assessed % of Total Assessment Week

Distance Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload
Practical Black Box exploration, workshop 3 Weekly 3.00
Practical Black Box research/workshop/presentation 3 Weekly 3.00

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 6.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

Book Resources
Berkoff, Steven: The Theatre of Steven Berkoff. London: Methuen Drama, 1992.

Berkoff, Steven, Graft: Tales of an Actor, (UK :Oberon Books, 1999)

Boal, Augusto. Games for Actors and Non-Actors. London: Routledge, 1992.

Brook, Peter. The Empty Space. NY: Touchstone, 1996.

Brook, Peter. The shifting point. London: Methuen Drama, 1988.

Braun, Edward. The Director and the Stage. London: Methuen Drama, 1982.

Chothia, J. Directors in Perspective: André Antoine. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.

Cross, Robert, Steven Berkoff and the Theatre of Self-performance, (Manchester University Press, 2004)

Grotowski, Jerzy. Towards a Poor Theatre. London: Methuen, 1991.

Hethmon, Robert H. ed. Strasberg at the Actors Studio. New York: Theater Communications Group, 1991.

Kumiega, Jennifer, The Theatre of Grotowski, (London: Metheun, 1985)

Leach, R. and Borovsky, V. eds. A History of Russian Theatre. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Leiter, S. L. The Great Stage Directors. New York: Facts on File, 1994.

Mitter, Shomit. Systems of Rehearsal - Stanislavsky, Brecht, Grotwski and Brook. London: Routledge, 1992.

Nemirovich-Danchenko, V. I. My Life in the Russian Theatre. Trans. John Cournos. NY: Theatre Arts Books, 1987.

Richards, Thomas. At Work with Grotowsi on Physical Actions. London: Routledge, 1995.

Rudlin, John. Jacques Copeau. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986.

Rudlin, John and Paul, Norman H. eds and trans. Jacques Copeau: Texts on Theatre. London: Routledge, 1990.

Strasberg, Lee. A Dream of Passion. London: Penguin, 1987.

Styan, J. L. Max Reinhardt. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982.

Other Resources
Black Box

Break away space for rehearsals

Url Resources
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